We can’t resist watching Food Network’s new competition series Outchef’d. The program will feature a number of skilled, unwitting home cooks who will come for an “audition” only to be surprised to learn that they would be competing against a world-class expert in the field.
Former NFL player Eddie Jackson, who is now a private chef and personal trainer, will host Outchef’d. Eddie is known for making nutritious cuisine look great, so his audience doesn’t need a “cheat” day. He has served as both a judge and host on several Food Network series.
Eddie Jackson’s lifelong love is cooking.
Born in 1980, Eddie Jackson was signed to the Carolina Panthers in 2004 as an unwritten free agent. This was after he stole the show with his outstanding athletic skills at the University of Arkansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business and management. Eddie is a four-time National College All-American in Track and Field competition. He still holds the freshman record of clearing 110 high hurdles.
Eddie played with the Miami Dolphins from 2005 to 2006 but was placed on an injured reserve due to a torn ligament in his knee. In 2007, Jackson signed a two-year contract with the New England Patriots, for which he received no signing bonus. Despite making over $1,500,000 in both years, he was fired by the Patriots the same year. After he stopped working out, the Outchef’d presenter bought his own food truck, because cooking had long been his great love. He also competed in MasterChef Season 4, finishing seventh. Eddie joined the Food Network world in 2015 when he participated in and won the hit show Food Network Star.
As a reward for his huge success, he was given his own 6-episode program to present on the network. Eddie currently hosts the Kids BBQ Championship after serving as a judge on Clash of the Grandmas and Chopped. He also runs The Rose Hill Beer Garden, where eight food trucks alternately serve delicious meals to consumers.
More information about Outchef’d
Under the guise of an audition, Outchef’s welcomes outstanding home cooks who are asked to prepare a meal to compete with a world-class chef.
The Food Network’s summary for the program stated:
“These home cooks thrive in their own kitchen, but do they have what it takes to compete against an elite professional in a culinary battle?”
Both chefs are tasked with preparing a meal using a featured item, and host Eddie picks six regulars from the street to blindly sample the dishes. Home cooks can win $5,000 if they get just one vote out of six people rating their dish. On Thursday, September 27 at 10 p.m. ET, Food Network will air Outchef’d. The two-part special premiere will also be accessible on Discovery+ on the same day.